Friends of Goboti is a Scottish-based charity which has worked for the last 20 years to relieve poverty and advance education in partnership with the villagers of Goboti in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
The charity has helped to rebuild school classrooms and, among many other things, helped provide clean drinking water for the community blighted by the extreme poverty which is the legacy of the former Apartheid regime. Other challenges have included food security, housing and the care of orphans, vulnerable children and the elderly.
By the end of August 2019 it is hoped that the villagers will be able to supply their small group of forestry workers with power tools which will raise the income on which villagers rely. They will also be able to replace some of the fencing which keeps animals off the precious crops and which was destroyed by a bush fire. Lastly, the extra support from the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church will allow the building of a barn to house agricultural vehicles, and store wood and vegetables before they go to the nearby market. This last project has been long awaited by the villagers.
Friends of Goboti is open to friends of all faiths and none.
Scottish charity number no: SC037618